3132 Tasting Notes

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drank Fruit Garden by Gurman's
3132 tasting notes

Woah! This is one fruity green tea! With a hint of something savoury as well, which I’m thinking is perhaps the olives?? Who puts olives in tea, anyhow?! Thanks for letting me sample this interesting blend, Azzrian!

Anyways, I suppose it’s not really as fruity as I made it seem, but it certainly doesn’t taste like any other green I’ve had, with this almost smoky, savoury note in addition to sweet fruits. The more I sip, the more prominent the savoury quality is, as the fruitiness kind of takes a backseat. The green tea isn’t overly noticeable in here; a basic sencha, it looks like, and not particularly noteworthy, just present.

I used probably nearly 2 tsp of tea for about 8 oz. of water, and I’m not finding the tea to be weak, so that’s what I’d stick with next time, likely.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not overly fond of most flavoured greens, and although this is certainly interesting, it isn’t a tea I’d pick up myself (but I’d totally want anyone who likes olives to try this one, just for kicks!)

Thanks again Azzrian!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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First to review?!

This tea smelled pretty delicious in the infuser both before and after adding water. Sweet, vanilla-y mint. Yum! Much like Santa’s Secret from DavidsTea, if my memory serves.

I think the flavour is much the same as well, although I’m definitely feeling that there’s more vanilla in here… which for me, is a good thing! Overall, quite a tasty tea! Not sure why it’s anti v-day though, haha.

ETA: Second infusion is surprisingly tasty! Still vanilla mint, and strong enough to be quite enjoyable. HOWEVER, there is a strange sour note poking out here… I’m not sure if it’s my tastebuds, oversteeping, or what exactly, but I might just leave the rest of this cup until morning…

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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81
drank Caramel Creme by Della Terra Teas
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Yum! This one’s pretty tasty, but very basic. Just a black tea with caramel. Much like Weeping Angel, actually, but the base is definitely more resistant to turning bitter, and the caramelly flavour is not as pronounced. This would be good in the travel mug in the morning, but as I only have a sample, that may only happen once :)

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Yum. Not as milky as many milk oolongs I’ve tried (as I’ve noted previously), but it’s certainly a tasty green oolong! Quite an enjoyable cup of it this evening, and probably another one or two tomorrow.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Weeping Angel Tea by 52teas
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Yummy mug of this tonight (and shared some with my roomie as well!) It reminds me much of the first sample of Pot O’ Gold that I received from Amy oh, nice and caramelly. I confirmed that it does not resteep well/at all though. Virtually no flavouring left.

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 30 sec

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drank White Rain by Bon The Place
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My roommate gave me a sample of this one tonight. Not sure what it is, other than a flavoured green. I tasted what was coming off to me as rosewater; it was less floral than other rose blends I’ve had, but that’s the closest I could come to an accurate description! The re-steep wasn’t bad either, but as I’m not overly fond of floral-ish teas, this wouldn’t ever be a favourite of mine. Still, it was nice of her to let me try some!

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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Yum! Another Advent Calendar sample. Not quite gone yet, but now there’s just a single cup left :) I think this tea’s a little old now, but it’s still tasty enough; I really love green teas that have caramel notes, and this one certainly doesn’t disappoint in that area! It tastes like a fairly straightforward green, a bit vegetal but not overly, and not particularly mariney. It probably wouldn’t be my first choice of green tea, but it’s pretty good and I’ll happily have that last cup of it, unless my roomie beats me to it!

ETA: Second infusion, ~1:30 is not bad, but it’s a bit more marine, and less caramelly. Won’t take this one to a third infusion.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Elf Help by DAVIDsTEA
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Sipdown from the Advent Calendar!

This tea tastes so much like 52teas’ Virgin Fuzzy Navel green. It’s very citrusy, and I’d say peachy, with almost a fizzy taste. The sencha base comes out mostly in the aftertaste as kind of a caramelly flavour, which is pretty tasty. Overall, it’s not bad, but I don’t tend to be a huge fan of flavoured greens, so probably wouldn’t buy it again (although I think it may have been discontinued anyhow).

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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drank Crème de Menthe by DAVIDsTEA
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Argh, still have another cup of this left! Anyhow, although I’m not a fan of minty teas in general, I figured I’d put some effort towards drinking down some of my 2011 Advent Calendar samples, and besides, I hadn’t written a note on this one!

Admittedly, the aroma’s actually not bad. Kind of vanilla mint-ish, which I actually tolerate fairly well (if not enjoy, when I’m in the right mood). And the flavour matches the aroma very well, just minty with vanilla – I can’t even taste the pu’erh! It’s just there as a nice base, but I can’t even pick out it’s earthiness. Obviously this is another inconsistent pu’erh from DT, as I see that other people mention that it smells like fish/dirt, which mine doesn’t at all (but I’ve had this problem with DT’s Oh Christmas Treat, so completely understand).

As long as this isn’t one of the discontinued blends, I’m thinking it might be another that my mom would be happy to try. She loves mint, and pu’erh, and liked another vanilla-minty tea I gave her over the holidays (aside from asking “is this a black base? I can taste it!”)

Ok… the only issue I’m having here is that it tastes like there’s sweetener. AKA licorice or fennel, or something of the sort, and it’s hitting me in the back of the throat, and it’s not super unpleasant, but I would prefer it wasn’t there.

ETA: Second infusion not too bad, more pu’erh, less mint, but still the sweetness in the back of my throat.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Sipdown!

Hmm. Brewed this up today with what I thought was a good leaf:water ratio, but it’s very weak. Luckily, I just took a look at my previous tasting note and I wasn’t the biggest fan of this one, so I suspect that’s just the case here (although I wish it had a bit more flavour!) Ah well. Thanks again for the sample, Tea from Taiwan!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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I have always been a tea fan (primarily herbals and Japanese greens/oolongs) but in the last year or so, tea has become increasingly more appealing as not only a delicious, calming drink, but as a relatively cheap, healthy reward or treat to give myself when I deserve something. I should clarify that, however; the reward is expanding my tea cupboard, not drinking tea – I place no restrictions on myself in terms of drinking anything from my cupboard as that would defeat my many goals!

My DavidsTea addiction was born in late 2011, despite having spent nearly a year intentionally avoiding their local mall location (but apparently it was just avoiding the inevitable!). I seem to have some desire to try every tea they’ve ever had, so much of my stash is from there, although I’ve recently branched out and ordered from numerous other companies.

I like to try and drink all my teas unaltered, as one of the main reasons I’m drinking tea other than for the flavour is to be healthy and increase my water intake without adding too many calories! I’ve found that the trick in this regard is to be very careful about steeping time, as most teas are quite pleasant to drink straight as long as they haven’t been oversteeped. However, I tend to be forgetful (particularly at work) when I don’t set a timer, resulting in a few horrors (The Earl’s Garden is not so pleasant after, say, 7+ minutes of steeping).

I’m currently trying to figure out which types of teas are my favourites. Herbals are no longer at the top; oolongs have thoroughly taken over that spot, with greens a reasonably close second. My preference is for straight versions of both, but I do love a good flavoured oolong (flavoured greens are really hit or miss for me). Herbals I do love iced/cold-brewed, but I drink few routinely (Mulberry Magic from DavidsTea being a notable exception). I’m learning to like straight black teas thanks to the chocolatey, malty, delicious Laoshan Black from Verdant Tea, and malty, caramelly flavoured blacks work for me, but I’m pretty picky about anything with astringency. Lately I’ve found red rooibos to be rather medicinal, which I dislike, but green rooibos and honeybush blends are tolerable. I haven’t explored pu’erh, mate, or guayasa a great deal (although I have a few options in my cupboard).

I’ve decided to institute a rating system so my ratings will be more consistent. Following the smiley/frowny faces Steepster gives us:

100: This tea is amazing and I will go out of my way to keep it in stock.

85-99: My core collection (or a tea that would be, if I was allowing myself to restock everything!) Teas I get cravings for, and drink often.

75-84: Good but not amazing; I might keep these in stock sparingly depending on current preferences.

67-74: Not bad, I’ll happily finish what I have but probably won’t ever buy it again as there’s likely something rated more highly that I prefer.

51-66: Drinkable and maybe has some aspect that I like, but not really worth picking up again.

34-50: Not for me, but I can see why others might like it. I’ll make it through the cup and maybe experiment with the rest to get rid of it.

0-33: It’s a struggle to get through the cup, if I do at all. I will not willingly consume this one again, and will attempt to get rid of the rest of the tea if I have any left.

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